19th Century Orrery
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A French Copernican armillary sphere incorporating an orrery, the steel chapter ring with engraved demarcation, the other rings of brass and steel, the earth depicted with its moon, the sun a bright sphere of brass, all the planets made of bone and raised on an ebonized wood stand. As it depicts the planet Neptune, we can date this to the mid-19th century, shortly after the planet's discovery in 1846.
- brass, steel, wood, ceramic
Wear consistent with age and use. Minor losses.
Height 18 inches
Diameter 12 inches